Friday, February 16, 2007

Boro prepare for Red invasion

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IT IS all systems go for Bacup Borough, who expect a Red invasion tomorrow (Sat) when they host FC United at West View.

Borough have received ticket applications from all over the country for their home game against FC United – formed by Manchester United fans disillusioned by Malcolm Glazer’s takeover at Old Trafford.

Bacup’s usual crowd barely exceeds 50 but demand for tickets for this game has been phenomenal and one application for 15 match tickets has been received from Barcelona!

Not surprisingly it has been a busy time for everyone at West View, where capacity for tomorrow’s all-ticket game has been set at 2,025, and the ground should be full.

Bacup boss Brent Peters said: ‘It has not just been a busy week. We have been busy for several weeks.’

Peters explained: ‘I had a one-to-one chat with Michael Carr before we decided to stage the game and I put forward my ideas. Michael has done a lot of the preparation leading up to Saturday and has been doing everything asked of him. He has worked tirelessly to ensure that everybody who wants tickets has got them.’

Borough will bring in 29 Rochdale stewards and extra stewards from Rossendale United will also work around and in the ground.

Peters said: ‘It is exciting for everybody that is involved and we are all looking forward to a full West View. The atmosphere will be terrific and the regulars who come to West View will never have encountered anything like it.

‘I am really looking forward to hosting the match and it will be great for Bacup Borough Football Club and a moment to savour.’

Peters will savour the occasion even more if Bacup can pull off a victory.

The Borough boss said: ‘On our day we are capable of beating anybody. When we played them at Gigg Lane we did not have our big players like Matt Cross and Tony Carroll. We will have a game plan and everybody will be up for it. FC United will not relish playing at West View and who knows? They have an abundance of quality players and have the backing. But we have experienced big game players who will keep us going and if we can be focused and concentrate for 90 minutes we will get a result.’

Ian Barker sat out the midweek match at Silsden but should be fit to return.

The match is all-ticket and parking facilities will be available at various locations in the town.

Surprisingly, the match will not produce Bacup Borough’s record attendance because Borough’s 1947 derby game with Nelson was watched by a huge crowd of 4,980.